Hi, I’m Melanie Anne Phillips, owner of Storymind, creator of StoryWeaver and co-creator of Dramatica.
You can reach me here via email if you need to connect.
Here’s a bit about me, so you know who your dealing with!
I’ve pretty much made my career as a teacher of creative writing for more than 25 years. Sheesh, think of that! TWENTY-FIVE YEARS!!! And yet, I still enjoy finding new insights into story and sharing what I discover.
Speaking of discovery, I suppose my biggest claim to fame is co-creating the Dramatica Theory of Narrative with my long-time creative partner, Chris Huntley. It was absolutely the most complex, mind-bending, head-exploding raw effort I’ve ever put into anything. And since it happened back in 1991-1994, that’s saying something!
If you’re interested in how we developed the Dramatica theory, you can read about it in a little article I wrote entitled (with all humility – that I can muster, anyway), Dramatica: How We Did It!
What else about me? I was in the movie biz for ten years as a writer/producer/director/editor after leaving the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
I have two grown and married children, two young grandsons, take photographs in the style of Ansel Adams when backpacking in the Yosemite back country, compose music and play keyboard and guitar, but most of all, I’m just an explorer of life who likes to report on what I find. Sometimes this is art, sometimes science, sometimes just a personal journal.
You’ll find me all over the internet – I’m nothing if not prolific – and most of what you see (maybe all of it) is true, for better or worse.
Now that we’ve been formally introduced, feel free to contact me with a question comment, business proposition, or best of all with lots of money – no strings attached. (Teaching creative writing doesn’t pay a hoot!)
In closing, let me quote the opening to a famous speech by a famous man – “You all know me. I’m the humble Abraham Lincoln.” And now y’all know me. But who was this Lincoln guy?
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